The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, August 16, 2011

By Jayson

Aug 16, 2011 3:17am

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates Jayce Henderson, Jacqueline Fernandez and Desk Assistant Amanda VanAllen

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Obama Launches Bus Tour Amid Republican Criticism” President Obama embarked on his three-day, three-state "rural economic bus tour" in Minnesota today, while Republicans unleashed a flurry of attacks on the trip as blatant campaigning at taxpayer expense. LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “President Obama: ‘I will Introduce Specific Plan in September to Boost Economy – and If Congress Doesn’t Act, We’ll Run Against Them’” In response to a question at a town hall in Decorah, Iowa, Monday evening, President Obama said that when Congress returns in September, "I'll be putting forward…a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs and to control our deficit. And my attitude is get it done. LINK

The Washington Post’s Zachary Goldfarb: “On mortgage rates, Obama wants proposal for how government can keep big role” President Obama has directed a small team of advisers to develop a proposal that would keep the government playing a major role in the nation’s mortgage market, extending a federal loan subsidy for most home buyers, according to people familiar with the matter. LINK

The Washington Times’ Dave Boyer: “Obama hits road to call for tax hikes, blast GOP ‘games’” President Obama launched a Midwestern bus tour devoted to the economy Monday by again calling for tax increases and accusing Republicans who oppose his plans of failing to put the “country first.” LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman: “Obama Says Washington Partisan ‘Brinksmanship’ Boosts Economic Uncertainty” President Barack Obama went on the attack against Republicans running to oppose him next year and those in Congress, whose refusal to compromise, he said, was to blame for the economic uncertainty gripping consumers and businesses. LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: “Unleashed from Washington, Obama declares war on House GOP” President Obama, on the road and seemingly excited to be there, unleashed an assault on Congress and his Republican rivals, accusing them of making the economy worse and threatening their political futures. LINK

New York Daily News’ Corky Siemaszko: “President Obama dives into Michele Bachmann territory in Iowa campaign stop in Midwestern bus tour” President Obama on Monday invaded the home turf of Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann. LINK

The New York Times’ Clifford Krauss: “In Texas Jobs Boom, Crediting a Leader, or Luck” Texas is home to at least one-third of the jobs created nationwide since the recession ended. The state’s economy is growing about twice as fast as the national rate. Home prices have remained stable even as much of the country has seen sharp declines. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr. and Danny Yadron: “Touting a Downhome Resume” Rick Perry became an Eagle Scout and Air Force pilot after growing up as the son of a cotton farmer "from a little place called Paint Creek, Texas," whose house had no indoor plumbing. As Texas's longest-serving governor, he says he cut taxes and red tape and helped boost job growth. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta: “Rick Perry open new front with GOP rivals over jobs, experience” Reporting from Plymouth, N.H., and Des Moines— Rick Perry opened an aggressive new front in the Republican campaign for president Monday, suggesting that Mitt Romney could not match his record on job creation and questioning whether Michele Bachmann had the experience to be president. LINK

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: “Republican hopefuls banking big on contribution bundlers” Republicans hoping to oust President Obama are assembling scores of elite fundraisers to collect the millions of dollars needed to fill their campaign accounts, but have not committed to disclosing the identities of those fundraisers. LINK

Boston Globe’s Noah Bierman: “DC group raises money, enlists volunteers to help Elizabeth Warren in possible Senate bid” The Washington–based group trying to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for US Senate said today that it had raised $100,000, including $75,000 that would be available in cash should the former Obama adviser decide to enter the Democratic primary to challenge Republican Scott Brown. LINK

Politico’s Kasie Hunt: “Can’t miss: Top stops on 2012 trail”  The candidates may change every four years, but the presidential campaign trail routine doesn’t. For all the advances in the mechanics of winning elections, the early state primary election circuit remains remarkably untouched, representing a timeless retail politicking itinerary marked by essential local events, landmarks and eateries. LINK

Rick Perry Takes on ObamaLINK
Obama Defends Government at Town HallLINK
Perry Criticizes Obama’s Lack of Military ExperienceLINK

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